Essential Oils for Neurological Disorders, ADHD, and Autism Related Conditions

rebeca  Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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When I talk about using essential oils for neurological or spectrum related problems, it’s important to note that I have not found one specific oil or blend that has been overly effective in treating the specific disorder. As I’m sure you know, these are complex diseases that require treatment from many angles. But, when used regularly and in conjunction with other interventions and treatment plans, essential oils have proven beneficial in a number of ways for kids who suffer with these conditions. Throughout my research here are my recommendations.

Basic Oil Must Haves

General Oils for Wellness – Children who suffer from behavior and/or neurological disorders commonly have impaired immune systems as well. This is a double edged sword because a minor illness is just enough to push our little ones into a tailspin. According to research, most essential oils score higher than most fruits and vegetables in providing antioxidants. In fact, essential oils have the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) rate in the world, making it the best source for destroying free radicals. In addition to using essential oils on a regular basis, OnGuard can be applied to the feet daily before bed as a front line defense against illness. OnGuard is a protective blend consisting of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary, and is formulated to boost the immune system and has proven to be effective in killing MRSA and H1N1.

Non-Toxic Healing for General Illness – Natural medicine is important for children with neurological disorders because they are unable to adequately metabolize the artificial chemicals, flavors and dyes that are included in pharmaceuticals. doTERRA’s 100% pure essential oils have an amazing healing power for a variety of ailments, without many of the harmful side effects that chemically based medications come with. The following oils are a must have for your natural medicine cabinet:

Breathe blend for fevers, immunity, stuffy noses, sinus infections, colds, coughs and mild asthma

Melaleuca for bacterial or fungal infections

Deep Blue blend for sprains, sore muscles, aches and pains

DigestZen for stomach ailments

Lavender for pain relief, burns, allergies, wounds, aiding sleep, bee stings and insect bites, and calming nerves


Essential Oils for Specific Conditions

Below is a list suggested essential oil protocols for common ASD and other neurological conditions. Only apply these oils when the child is willing and open to receiving them. If the child has a strong sensitivity to smell, start by applying a small amount to the feet and cover with socks. Once a child starts feeling the healing power of oils, he will often come to like them. But if the experience is forced or negative, he will associate the oils with a negative experience. Also, please refer to Modern Essentials  for age guidelines, dilution recommendations, other precautions and more specific information on each oil.

Intestinal Dysbiosis or Gut Imbalance – oregano, lavender, peppermint and sweet fennel

Studies have proven that these oils (along with anise, caraway and bitter orange) show the greatest degree of selectivity, inhibiting the growth of potential pathogens with no effect on the beneficial bacteria. Apply selected oil on the abdomen and the reflex points on the feet.

Candida – melaleuca, oregano, clove, onguard blend, peppermint, thyme, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and digestzen blend

DigestZen ingested prior to each meal will assist in good digestion and depress Candida overgrowth in the stomach.

For a candida immune-boosting body oil, mix 4 ounces of fractionated coconut oil (or other vegetable based carrier oil), 4 drops of geranium, 6 drops of white fir, 3 drops of frankincense, 3 drops of thyme, 2 drops of patchouli, and 3 drops of melaleuca. Massage the mixture into the skin several times a day. Before bed, apply to bottoms of feet and cover with thick cotton socks.

To fight Candida overgrowth, ingest the following oils in an gelatin capsule – myrrh 2 drops, melaleuca 4 drops, oregano 2 drops, fractionated coconut oil 4 drops. Take three times a day with food for at least 10 days.

 Chelation – helichrysum, melissa, coriander, cilantro and immortelle blend

Apply Immortelle to tissues around the ears and down the side of the neck and the back of the neck 2-3 times a day to relieve tissues of toxins and unpleasant heavy metals, making sure to drink PLENTY of water to help wash the toxins away.

Mix together 2 drops of helichrysum with 2 drops of lavender and take in an empty gelatin capsule 3 times a day. Then mix together 3 drops of helichrysum, 2 drops of melissa, 3 drops of geranium, 3 drops of frankincense, 4 drops of cypress and 3 drops and lavender and apply to the nape of the neck up into the hair line 2 times a day, while increasing water intake to move out particles that will be freed up from tissues. Also consider the Vitality Pack, TerraZyme and Zendocrine capsules, making sure to eliminate white sugar and heavy impact exercise during this process. Keep up the process for 3-5 months depending on the degree of difficulty of eliminating the element.


Nervous Energy, Meltdowns, Fear and Fits – bergamot, balance, frankincense, Roman chamomile, lavender, patchouli, wild orange and serenity blend

During a meltdown or fit, apply in the following order on the top of each big toe, allowing the child to inhale the fragrances as you go: balance, roman chamomile and lavender. If you cannot get to the feet, apply the oils behind the ears or on the inside of the wrists.

Diffuse 3 drops of bergamot or wild orange and 1-2 drops of lavender to create a calming environment.

For an anxiety relief diffuser blend, mix together 8 drops of patchouli, 10 drops of clary sage, 10 drops of bergamot, 8 drops of geranium, 4 drops of frankincense, and 5 drops of wild orange, then add 4-6 drops of mixture in to your lotus diffuser.

For a fear combating diffuser blend, mix together 20 drops of bergamot, 20 drops of clary sage, 6 drops of cypress, 6 drops of ginger, and 4 drops of fennel, then add 5-7 drops to your diffuser.

Frankincense is the most valuable essential oil for slowing and deepening breathing, helping to allay fear, anxiety, nervous tension and stress. Apply to the insides of the wrists or behind the ears during especially stressful moments.

ADD/ADHD – balance blend, clary sage, frankincense, lavender, serenity blend, vetiver, ylang ylang, and InTune focus blend

In a two year case study published in the American Medical Association Journal, Dr. Terry Friedmann M.D. found significant results when children that had previously been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were administered therapeutic essential oils by inhalation. The essential oils vetiver, lavender and cedarwood were used. The inhalation of the oils proved to settle the children’s brain waves back into normal patterns and improved their scholastic performance and behavioral patterns. The final results were:

 • Lavender increased performance by 53%

 • Cedarwood increased performance by 83%

 • Vetiver increased performance by 100%.

For frustration, impatience, and anger use oils and blends that calm, such as balance, serenity, frankincense, lavender and ylang ylang. Applying to the feet, back of the neck, behind the knees, and diffusion are all suggested.

For improved concentration, apply vetiver to the feet, focusing on the big toe. For school children that need help during the school day, use a necklace with a pendant that will absorb the oil that can be smelled all day.

doTERRA’s InTune focus blend is a newly released proprietary blend of essential oils carefully selected for their ability to enhance focus and support healthy thought processes. The oils of amyris, patchouli, frankincense, lime, ylang ylang, sandalwood (Hawaiian), and Roman chamomile work together to help those who have difficulty paying attention to stay on task and sustain focus.

For hyperactivity, diffuse Roman chamomile and lavender or apply on the insides of the wrists or behind the years.

General Healing – Peaceful Child Blend (, vetiver, frankincense, myrrh, and patchouli have high levels of sesquiterpenes, which are one of the only known substances that can cross the blood-brain barrier. High levels of these sesquiterpenes help increase the amount of oxygen in the limbic system of the brain, particularly around the pineal and pituitary glands. This leads to an increase in secretions of antibodies, endorphins, and neurotransmitters. When used regularly, it can be nourishing to the brain, aid in the balancing of the central nervous system and minimize the symptoms of sensory processing disorder, ADHD, autism, anxiety and other neurological disorders.

Insomnia and Sleep Issues – lavender, serenity blend, bergamot, ylang ylang, vetiver, orange and clary sage

Diffuse oils 15-30 minutes before bed or apply on the feet, behind the ears or on the inside of the wrists.

To calm an active mind for restful sleep, layer balance, vetiver and lavender on the big toe of each foot, allowing the child to inhale each one throughout the process. You can also add 2 drops of vetiver and 2 drops of lavender to an empty gelatin capsule or a shot of water and take before bed.

Allergies – melaleuca, lavender, peppermint, Roman chamomile, melissa, patchouli, eucalyptus and lemon, ylang ylang

For seasonal allergies mix equal parts lavender, lemon and peppermint and take 6 drops in an empty gelatin capsule, in a shot of water or apply to the bottoms of the feet.

For allergy rashes and skin sensitivity, apply 3 drops of lavender, 6 drops of Roman chamomile, 2 drops of myrrh and 1 drop of peppermint on location. For larger areas, mix oils with fractionated coconut oil or other vegetable based carrier oil to help distribute the oils evenly.

Geranium, lavender and ylang ylang can soothe the inflammation and irritation of psoriasis, eczema and other types of dermatitis.

Constipation – rosemary, lemon, marjoram, ginger, orange and DigestZen blend

Dilute 1-2 drops of oil in 2 tblsp. of fractionated coconut oil and massage on stomach and feet.

Diarrhea – geranium, ginger, sandalwood and DigestZen blend

Dilute 1-2 drops of oil in 2 tblsp. of fractionated coconut oil and massage on stomach and feet.




If you are interested in purchasing oils from doTERRA, please click here or contact me at rsholloway[at]gmail[dot]com to learn how you can purchase doTERRA oils at the wholesale price with no obligation.

Disclaimer: I am not an aromatherapist, naturopathic doctor or other professionally trained medical practitioner. By accepting my advice, you are acknowledging that while these claims come through scientific research, anecdotal evidence and personal experience, they have not been evaluated by the FDA. You also agree not to hold me liable should you have an adverse reaction to any of the protocols I recommend. Finally, if you are pregnant or have a chronic health condition, please speak to your doctor before using any essential oils.

I have not been compensated for the purpose of this post, however, I am an independent consultant for doTERRA. If you click on my link, I will make a small commission based on your purchase. This is just one way you can help support me and the administration of The Average Parent website.

3 Responses to “Essential Oils for Neurological Disorders, ADHD, and Autism Related Conditions”

  1. Hi! I’m starting the journey with my son (7 years old) trying out Peaceful Child.

    Based on the recipes I’ve found, it sounds like it is a LOT of oil to get started!

    Full version:
    30 drops Lavender,
    85 drops vetiver,
    30 drops Ylang Ylang,
    20 drops Frankincense,
    15 drops Clary Sage,
    10 drops Marjoram,
    35 drops of carrier oil

    How much is in a drop? I was thinking that it was about 1/2 a ml, but if tht is the case, then we’re talking about 42.5 mls of Vetiver – which is more than 3 bottles of it (as doTerra sells it).

    So, that led me to this question. How much of the blend does this recipe make?

    Thanks in advance! Of course, I’m planning on starting with the tester – but, I still need to understand the idea of a ‘drop’!


  2. Hi, Michelle. That’s a great question….a drop can mean a lot of things depending on what you’re using to dispense. But, typically a “drop” is what would come out of the reducer cap on the bottle of oil. (it’s a plastic stopper under the lid with a small hole in the middle to control how much comes out)

    You’re right that making your own blend of peaceful child can be pricey. I recommend going to the source who created the blend and purchasing it directly from her. I think it’s about $40 or $50. You might even be able to drop her a note and see if she’ll put it in a roller bottle for you. The roller bottle makes it easier to apply to the spine and feet.

    Hope that helps!


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